Avicenna: Treatise on Love

Avicenna is one of the most important Islamic philosophers of all time.  He is also the most famous of the Islamic neo-Platonists.  He is, like Augustine to the Christian tradition, sometimes considered the “philosopher of love” because of the importance of love in his thought.  We will unpack the basic philosophy of love from his … Continue reading Avicenna: Treatise on Love

Thoughts on Machiavelli’s Republicanism

Machiavelli is one of the most important thinkers in the Western canon that has been identified with the shift away from the ancients and the movement toward modernity.  Most people will likely know Machiavelli for his work The Prince – irrespective if they have read the text.  That said, Machiavelli was a man of letters, … Continue reading Thoughts on Machiavelli’s Republicanism

Augustine: On the Fall of Man, Part II

Having examined Augustine’s reading of the Fall of Man in an anthropological and teleological sense, in which we can conclude that the Fall of Man is the rejection of reason (God, since God is Reason) and that man attempts to fulfill their happiness through purely willing their own happiness without reason (reason ordering desire to … Continue reading Augustine: On the Fall of Man, Part II

The Melian Dialogue: A Philosophical Analysis

Thucydides is sometimes considered to be the most dense and thoughtful writer and thinker of Antiquity, yes, even more-so than the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  His great gift to the Western canon: History of the Peloponnesian War is one of the great classics of Western literature, history, and philosophy.  Its content, especially when … Continue reading The Melian Dialogue: A Philosophical Analysis

The Specters of Fascism, Part VI

Having explored the historical, and actual, roots of fascism, it is time to transition to the specters of fascism and understand why those groups often labelled “fascist” today – while certainly having some affinity and commonality with fascism, are not, actually, fascist.  In this post where will examine the “Alt-Right,” “Identitarianism,” and “Pan-Europeanism,” as three … Continue reading The Specters of Fascism, Part VI

Carl Schmitt: On Sovereignty

Carl Schmitt begins his essay on political theology by discussing sovereignty.  As he famously opens, “Sovereign is he who decides on the exception.”  We explored what Schmitt means by “political theology” in this post – which he more readily discusses in his third essay in his work “Political Theology,” but we began by first covering … Continue reading Carl Schmitt: On Sovereignty

Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I

Niccolo Machiavelli is a pivotal transitional figure in the history of Western philosophy and political thought.  His most famous work is The Prince, but his more important work in the Discourses on Livy.  Both are meant to be read together and together The Prince and Discourses are a full treatise on Machiavelli's theory of the … Continue reading Reading Machiavelli’s Prince, Part I